I was interviewed by a company that I aspire to work in and was asked to discuss my CV with them. I would like to know how this question should be answered.
An interesting question deserves an interesting answer.
Let’s start with the CV document that is in front of them as they ask you this question. It needs to have all the relevant information, is a precise two-page document which highlights your educational qualification and states your professional experiences clearly with achievements. It also needs to mention your career objective and state some of your overarching competencies.
You need to be careful what to say, and equally careful what not to say. The don’ts: Do not get started with ‘when I was born…my family….etc. Do not meander through your life history, and do not make it long. Also, do not waste time with any information that is not ‘relevant and/or of any use’ to push your candidature for your selection. Any exaggerations will go against you.
What you need to do is to incorporate highlights of your professional experience which are absolutely relevant as you are expected to know the role and what they require.
Highlight your qualification that best establish you as the most ‘fit’ for the role. Remember to talk about your behavioural competencies and how they differentiate you from those who may be considered for that particular role. Make sure that you are authentic and provide factual information in the best light possible. The author is a partner at a leading leadership consulting firm, Heidrick & Struggles. Send in your queries to mentortalk@ shine.com marked ‘CV Doctor’